Jesus came into the world and lived among the people for thirty-three years. He was Immanuel, “God with us”, as prophesied by Isaiah in the Old Testament. Jesus is the word made flesh, God in human form, and lived a fully human life here among us. He performed miracles on a daily basis and taught the truths of the kingdom of God everywhere He went. While He was here, He protected and cared for His disciples who followed Him everywhere He went. His was a grassroots ministry, walking from place to place and reaching the common people right where they were. Jesus was a healer and a teacher, the light of the world, the only Son of God.
In one of the last conversations Jesus had with His disciples before He was taken away to be crucified, He revealed to them that He would be sending another Counselor to them, also known as the Comforter. When He said “another”, He used a word that indicates another of the same type, someone who would be like Him. He promised that this Counselor would be the Spirit of Truth and lead us into all truth, comforting us and reminding us of the words that Jesus spoke. He would empower us to be witnesses of Him throughout the world and would be with us forever. This Counselor could not come until Jesus had finished His mission, died and resurrected, ascending back to the Father in heaven. When He came to the disciples, it changed their lives forever.
Today, the Holy Spirit is still at work in the church 2,000 years later. He is the one who calls us into ministry and equips us with the gifts we need to carry out whatever we are called to do in the body of Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who comforts us in our hard times and gets us through everything we deal with. It is the Holy Spirit who steers us through our lives and teaches us truth as we come to the Scriptures. Everything that the Holy Spirit does is to point to and glorify Jesus. Every born-again believer has the Holy Spirit and is sealed until the day of redemption, the Spirit acting as the down payment of the salvation yet to be experienced when Jesus takes us home. In everything we do as believers, the Holy Spirit is working in our lives and we must rely on Him in all things.
As a Christian, I am blessed to have access to the Holy Spirit. As a man with schizoaffective disorder, He is the one who gets me through all my hardships. As I cry out to God and ask for His help with my various trials and tribulations, I am comforted by the Holy Spirit and led into the peace of God that passes all understanding. It is the Holy Spirit who dwells within me and leads me and guides me. It is the Holy Spirit who draws me to the word of God and teaches me the truth of the Scriptures. It is the Holy Spirit who reminds me that I am saved and that I am in the Father’s hands where nothing can ever snatch me away. I depend on the Holy Spirit for everything and without Him I would truly be on my own, lost in a crazy world that doesn’t care about me at all. So I have learned to rely on Him and live in His presence, which is the best place I could ever be.
As believers in Christ, we are temples of the Holy Spirit. That means that God Himself has chosen to dwell in us. As we go through our days, let us be aware of this fact and allow Him to use us as He will, leading and guiding us in all that we do. For anyone struggling with whatever hardship life throws at you, know that you are not alone. The Holy Spirit within you is strong enough and will empower you to make it through everything that you have to go through. The Holy Spirit is the real and true presence of God in our lives and will never leave or forsake us. We can rely on Him, for He is faithful. He is God, just as the Father and the Son are God, and is at work in every believer’s life today. I pray that we would all learn to live in Him and follow His leading in all that we do, allowing Him to guide us into truth and use us as He will, for that is God’s will for us today.